There are three period gardens to enjoy at Hestercombe: the 50-acre Georgian landscape gardens with woodland walks, temples, Witch House and Great Cascade; the Victorian terrace and Victorian shrubbery; and the Edwardian gardens, where the work of Gertrude Jekyll and architect Edwin Lutyens are shown off to full effect. A café, shop and plant centre surround a delightful covered courtyard. Hestercombe House is also open to the public with a thought provoking contemporary gallery, a second-hand bookshop and a restaurant serving lunches and traditional afternoon tea. Year-round programme of events and activities.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Those with limited mobility may find some paths difficult, easy access marked on guide map
- Facilities: Mobility scooter available to hire for the gardens
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily, 10-6 (10-5 during winter). Last entry 5 (4 in Winter). Closed 25 Dec
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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